On World First Aid Day Special Olympics Health and IFRC are Changing the Face of First Aid

Special Olympics athletes in Venezuela participated in an inclusive first aid training facilitated by their local Red Cross national society as part of the global collaboration aimed at building more inclusive practices.
Special Olympics athletes in Venezuela participated in an inclusive first aid training facilitated by their local Red Cross national society as part of the global collaboration aimed at building more inclusive practices.

Since 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Special Olympics Health have collaborated to ensure individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are included in all aspects of humanitarian action. One element of the partnership is training individuals with and without ID on first aid to help promote more inclusive health practices. Special Olympics and the IFRC are helping to change perceptions about the abilities of those with ID through the training of over 300 athletes in 14 countries as first aid practitioners in an inclusive training setting. In celebration of World First Aid Day on September 14th, the IFRC is addressing exclusion through first aid, and has provided their 200 national societies with materials featuring Special Olympics’ best practices on inclusive first aid training.